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Kenya: Building Bridges Initiative National Secretariat – Team BBI – Press Statement (24.02.2021)

Opinion: Kalonzo strikes back at Odinga

Just as the preparations for the 2022 elections are re-appearing as an ever present gift that keeps giving in the Republic. It is just 2 days after Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) and Raila Odinga called the Co-Principals “disloyal” and “untrustworthy” as they didn’t show up at his Swearing-In ceremony in January 2018. However, he betrayed the same ideals by doing the handshake in March 2018. When he discontinued and left the National Super Alliance (NASA) to restructure himself with the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).

That is why today’s Press Statement and Presser from Wiper Democratic Movement (WDM) leader Stephen Kalonzo Mysoka is interesting. Kalonzo is a man who has the ability to join any ship and able to find a shelter. That is what he does and that is why his been called a “watermelon”. Still, his retort to ODM and Odinga is on point. Proving his capacity and maybe the reason why Kenyatta made him an envoy as well. Since, he know this man has a history and able to tell a story. That is what he did today.

Odinga and ODM might not like this. Because, Odinga want to be the branded righteous ‘Baba’. The ‘Father’ and the next in line. His the one who never became President, but his the one who should be default. That storyline has been played out for years and that’s why he sworn himself as ‘People’s President’. Still, what should be mentioned is how Odinga have breached the 2013 MOU of CORD. How he jumped the line with the NASA Presidential Candidate and now ushering himself as the next-up after Kenyatta in 2022. That is why his trying to brand Kalonzo and others as ‘disloyal’.

However, they we’re wrong in January 2018, but Odinga was disloyal in March 2018 himself. That is something Odinga and ODM will never say. Because, that undermines the ideals and the supposed “golden standard” he has himself.

Kalonzo still strikes back with something grander than that: “It is common knowledge that Hon. Odinga has been betraying political allies with abandon, right from his association with the National Development Party and KANU in 2001, right through to the Pentagon in 2007/2008, to CORD, and now, NASA. It is this mistrust and dishonesty that is depriving Hon. Odinga of his national outlook and support. Before the 2013 General Election, Hon. Odinga beat his chest as a disappointed Hon. William Ruto walked away from him, only for the 2013 results to reveal that Hon. Ruto had actually ran away with the Kalenjin voting block!” (WDM, 24.02.2021).

If you thought that was bad enough, he slings one harder one:

Bottomline: Things will never be the same for Hon. Odinga. At the moment, he has earned the moniker of “Mr. Dishonest”. Additionally, he has cast himself as an extremely self-centered man who will get into power by hook or crook. He is a man who is extremely untrustworthy — a man who cannot keep promises. How can Kenyans trust such a man to be their President? For a man who cannot keep his word while in Opposition, how will he keep it while in power as President? Who will trust him?” (WDM, 24.02.2021).

Here he says it with a straight face. There is no underlining message. The memo is in the open. Just as he shows back to further than 2013. Kalonzo went back to 2001. That is 20 years of defaulting alliances of Odinga. Clearly, there is a reason for all of this. Just as there is a reason for changing camps for Kalonzo. Kalonzo have history of switching teams himself. However, he was loyal to CORD and NASA. To deny that is dumb now. Even as he lied and dropped out one day. But we have seen what happened to Miguna Miguna and proves how damaging it was to other. Nevertheless, Odinga betrayed that oath only to favour the BBI. This is why I get Kalonzo. Even if he is a melon and a switcher himself. His points are reasonable and shows a pattern.

Kalonzo have been part of KANU, NARC, CORD and NASA. So, he has switched sides when it has been beneficial for him. He has seen Odinga and worked with him as well. They got history together. Now, that Odinga and ODM went for the Co-Principals. This was a genuine response from him . Give credit where credit is due. This was a decent response and Odinga better think of another way forward. Because, his position is at play and he wants to be King. It is just a matter of how he finesses himself ahead. Now, his ditching NASA/CORD allies, which is because of his enriching agreement with Jubilee. That is how it seems.

Kalonzo doesn’t shred any tears, but has his knives out. Peace.

Opinion: Odinga outsmarted his Co-Principals three times [!!!]

Last but not least, this Coalition agreement is not simply a political vehicle, “a mbus” which we politicians will disembark on as soon as we assume office. Kenyans can bear us witness that we have kept the CORD coalition in good working order, holding the Jubilee administration’s feet to the fire relentlessly and incessantly” (ODM – STATEMENT BY THE NATIONAL SUPER ALLIANCE AT THE UNVEILING OF THE COALITION AGREEMENT

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga and Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) “co-founder” off together with President Uhuru Kenyatta. The semi-opposition leader and “Unofficial” Prime Minister since the Handshake. A man who outfoxed his other National Super Alliance Co-Principals Stephen Kalonzo Mysoka (Wiper Democratic Movement – WDM), Musalia Mudavadi (Amani National Congress – ANC) and Moses Wetan’gula (former Forum for the Restoration of Democracy–Kenya – FORD-Kenya).

The way Odinga has been able to trick himself to the top of the opposition was first sign a Memorandum of Understanding on the 7th December 2013 with Kalonzo and Wetangula. Where he had agreed with their alliance of Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) to share the Presidency.

First Odinga to stand as a Presidential Flag-bearer in 2013. In 2017 it was supposed to Kalonzo and by 2022 it was Wetan’gula’s turn. However, we knew this deal wasn’t to be honoured. The ODM and Odinga used his means and changed CORD as well and made a new alliance ahead of 2017. That is why the Flag-bearer case changed…

The creation of National Super Alliance (NASA) was convenient for Baba. He got away from the CORD MoU and could use the new alliance as a launch-pad for yet another try to for the Presidency. Raila was still the biggest man in the opposition and had huge popularity. Therefore, Odinga could become the man again. Because of the addition of Mudavadi and ANC. This in turn changed the original agreement of being Kalonzo’s time to shine. So, that Odinga could be the head of another outfit.

Now ahead of 2022 the battle-lines are turning. Just like they did ahead of 2017. Odinga is clearly aiming for the main role again. This time he can use the dismay and the bad behaviour of the Co-Principals to dismiss them. As they didn’t show-up for him when he needed them most at his Swearing-In ceremony. However, Odinga haven’t helped or served any help for Miguna Miguna who actually was there and was deported for his role that day.

Kalonzo have made himself useful for the government. Odinga have become the “Codename the Cleaner” and the “fixer” of the former Co-Principals. Raila can act in outrage for what happened in early 2018. However, he know perfectly well that he played the political game and got the greatest cards. That after giving up the Road Canaan and the NASA Manifesto itself. Just ditching the whole plan and taking everything for ODM.

Yes, Odinga could feel betrayed by the Co-Principals for not showing up that one day. Nevertheless, he betrayed the CORD MoU and NASA with the Handshake to create the BBI. Not like Odinga is an angle in this and they are the devils. Yes, they are all wrong on some, but that has all been done for selfish interests at one point or another.

The act of not showing up was in fear of what would happen to them. The handshake was buying peace and getting leverage with the state. That is why the ODM has more roles, committees and all the benefits of being associated with Kenyatta. This is why the ODM and KANU entanglement have made more friction within Jubilee than ever before. That is why DP Ruto is creating his own ‘Hustler Nation’ and Political Party as well.

It is all a reaction to the decisions made after the Fresh Presidential Elections. That Odinga and Kenyatta took that handshake. Yes, the Co-Principals did Odinga wrong and deserves to be shattered for that. However, not long after … Odinga betrayed that same oath where he said:

I, Raila Amolo Odinga, in full realisation of the high calling assume the office of The People’s President of the Republic of Kenya, do swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the people and the Republic of Kenya; that I will preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of Kenya, as by law established and all other laws of the Republic as adopted by the People of Kenya; I will protect and uphold sovereignty and dignity of the People of Kenya. So help me God” – Raila Odinga on the 30th January 2018 at Uhuru Park.

For someone who is supposed to protect and defend the Constitution… the BBI is a referendum the political dynasties is asking for, but no the general public. This is just done to serve a few men and create offices for the career politicians. That’s why with the BBI he betrayed the oath he made. It was only by 9th March 2018 that he violated his own oath and started the joint-venture with Kenyatta.

So, now that his dismissing and throwing the Co-Principals under the bus. It is the third election and ahead of that. He does it to ensure his the highest ranking leader. That is the gist of it. He got his way in 2013. Able to change the alliance and stand again. Now, he can use the “betrayal” card and call them disposable. Yes, his not wrong there either. Wetan’gula have lost most of his “power” since the last election. Mudavadi isn’t much either. Kalonzo could easily join a KANU-Jubilee coalition to get relevance.

That is why Odinga doesn’t need these gentlemen. However, he has had them as a team, but this handshake, BBI and betrayals in the city have affected them all. It can be used in all sorts of arguments and play. So, if Odinga goes hard on it. They can easily say his betraying his own oath. That he never honoured the CORD MoU of 2013 and didn’t even care about the NASA Coalition Agreement of 2017 either. As he used this political platform to get a political vehicle with the BBI. This is why Odinga should be careful how he goes after his Co-Principals. Even as an outsider like me can find enough troublesome acts.

Odinga or Baba, the ODM can bury the NASA now, as they have moved-on. However, it only shows that he cannot be trusted. As he will bury his allies for political gains and will not honour agreements himself, unless he earns something out of it quickly.

That is why people should not only blame the Co-Principals of the Opposition coalition, but look at the front-figure and what he did too. As he wasn’t alone in this, but has built a persona bigger than life. This is why he needs to be accountable as well. Not only Kalonzo, Mudavadi or Wetan’gula. They deserve to be mocked, ridiculed and questioned for actions, but so should Odinga as well. He wasn’t alone… he did as a part of team and he needs to answer himself.

When he oppose to endorse anyone else. That isn’t shocking. He didn’t want to do that in 2013 and 2017. So, why should he do that in 2022? That doesn’t make sense. When he doesn’t value CORD MoU. We should have known he was in it for himself only and nobody else. Peace.

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Opinion: Kenyatta’s constitutional curveball

Right before retirement, Court Justice David Maraga have given some critical advice to President Uhuru Kenyatta. This is happening years after the last Parliament election and only a few by-elections since then. So, this could have been picked up before, but as the CJ Maraga is soon a pensioner. He could speak his peace and expel the importance certain articles of the Constitution.

The Constitution states in article 81(b) no electoral bodies have more than 2/3 members in a elective bodies of the same gender. Also, in the article 261(7) which states this: “the Chief Justice shall advise the President to dissolve Parliament and the President shall dissolve Parliament”.

These parts of the Constitution sets a standard and recognize what the President needs to do after the advice of the Court Justice. However, in the middle of term, why didn’t the CJ do this sooner?

Most of the MPs was elected in 2017 and we are now in 2020. There been changes in the nominated senators, but then the President and the Team around him should have warned him. If not given a heads-up to ensure this wasn’t an issue. That the Parliament had the right balance of the genders and ensured the Constitution was followed. This could be easily done in the Senate. As the nominees can make a balance directly, if the parties and if the government wants it to be so.

This here will show, if the President has the interest of the Constitution or not. If he will abide to the recommendation or not. The Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) has a constitutional referendum in mind and this sort of letter might amplify that wish. While, the President either has to choose that path or dissolve the Parliament. Then his calling for an election and risks the total control of Parliament in his final term as President.

President Kenyatta have very few to go. There is little wiggle room and is an impasse on the President. He either has to do one thing or another. If he shuns it, then people know he doesn’t care about the Constitution. If he does that, then people know that he doesn’t value rule of law and equal justice for all. If he does dissolve the Parliament. Then he starts a process and preparing for another election. To ensure he has enough allies and continues to have control of both houses in the Parliament.

We can wonder what he will do, if he wants to reign with a unconstitutional parliament or if he wants to follow it?

We can also in the same manner, also question why Maraga did this now? As the amounts of MPs and Senators was mostly put in place over a long while. Not like it was a swift change. This could have been advised on a earlier stage. Because of the last election was in 2017. That should say enough really…

So, what will Kenyatta do? He got issues, a pickle and a conundrum. What he chooses to do, will seal his legacy on his constitutional behaviour and if wants some sort of justification for his control of the Parliament. Unless, he wants to rule with an unconstitutional electoral body…

That is his choice… and he knows it. If not he was reminded now and he got articles to follow. Peace.

Opinion: Odinga have become Kenyatta’s fixer

Former presidents Jomo Kenyatta, Daniel Moi and Mwai Kibaki were sons of peasants who rose to lead the country. We have a democratic system that allows for competition and equality” – ODM Leader Raila Odinga

The Handshake and the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) have been a blessing in disguise for President Uhuru Kenyatta. He has defused the opposition and gotten a fixer. In such a manner, that his own Deputy President have become a man of ceremonies and not a needed side-kick. The President have not only bought time, but an loyal ally.

Because, now with the Revenue Allocation and the new County Budgets. The Orange Democratic Movement leader Odinga has traded blows. He first defended the matter and with the new voting in place between July and September. He has changed, but defended the President for doing so. Giving him praise and saying it benefits his causes.

That is why Odinga is Kenyatta’s fixer. The man with a plan, the one who cleans-up the mess and make everything look golden. The man who take all the dirt and still speaks highly of the Head of State. He doesn’t even have to order him to do so. Because, Odinga needs political capital and needs to activate his party. Alas, the defences of the actions in the Senate and in Parliament is just magic.

The supposed opposition, who is not opposition, but isn’t really government either. Still, he speaks more high and mighty about government programs. Then the ones representing the same government programs. While his party is the Leader of Minority in Parliament. Which is a weird state of affairs.

Odinga knows all of this. That’s why he has claimed to be both opposition and in government. That is maybe why his so defensive and such a supporter of the new revenue allocations to the Counties. Since, it benefits the state and their motives ahead. Because, if he would go against it. It would have diminished the chances of his baby, the BBI and the fictitious need for a referendum.

Raila, Baba knows perfectly well all of this, but trying to spawn a web and a need for everything. To make himself relevant and to deliver something in this term. So, that he can elevate himself. Since, he couldn’t deliver Canaan and CORD/NASA was destroyed by the Handshake. Only a chosen few got appointed and the ones who didn’t follow suit got left behind. This is what happened post 2017 elections.

We can all act like this isn’t a play, but it is. Odinga is the fixer, the man who sheds tears and sings rainbows, if the President needs it. While the DP is useless figurine, who can be the fall guy. Odinga can look good and the President can act like he makes things better. Even if the President does that or doesn’t do it. The ODM Leader will have his back and defend his actions. He might make a fuzz for a minute, but moments later the ODM leader will show another face. Which just happens to fix the issues and the wanted outcome for the President.

Kenyatta must be giddy. He got Baba by giving him invisible trophies and lookalike projects to preoccupy his mind. While Odinga does that and defends whatever Kenyatta needs. He got the carrot of BBI to keep him busy. That’s why he doesn’t have a functioning opposition to counter his argument. As the ODM is to preoccupied and working on a non-function, non-important BBI.

Odinga was bought for little to nothing and is now the fixer. That must be boring for all the ones who fought with in 2017. Not to mention all the guys who risked it all in the days of CORD/OKOA and NASA.

The Fixer is here. Kenyatta don’t have to worry. Odinga got him and he will make arrangements. He will make the ugliest painting looking like a masterpiece. Peace.